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Small Robot Company is aiming to bring PerPlant farming to the world's largest crops with a unique level of intelligence and precision to a $240bn/yr industry. Multi award-winning, they have been featured in WIRED, Economist and CNN. With customers including Waitrose and National Trust, they are now commercialising their patented R&D.

  • Tom monitoring robots built by robotics manufacturer Tharsus
  • Patent protected, with customers including Waitrose and the National Trust
  • Farmers with almost 70k hectares have prepaid, invested or expressed interest
  • Overfunded on 3 Crowdcube campaigns, raising £4.3m + £1.2m of IUK grants
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Idea

Farming of arable crops is currently economically and environmentally unsustainable.

PerPlant farming, using lightweight, smart robots, could make food production more accurate, sustainable and profitable. Small Robot Company is building a service of three small robots, Tom, Dick and Harry and AI brain Wilma that will plant, monitor and treat arable crops autonomously.

Goldman Sachs estimates the market for AgTech will be $240bn by 2050 (up from $5bn today) in the $5trn global food and ag industry.

We have delivered on promises from previous Crowdcube rounds. Since our last raise, we have commercialised our per plant monitoring service for farmers in Wiltshire using our Tom V3 robots, built by leading robotics manufacturer, Tharsus.

We believe our Per Plant approach to be unique in the markets in which we are focused. We have demonstrated our ability to kill weeds autonomously using electricity, and will be trialling this with customers next season.

We are in early stage discussions with three of the world’s largest seed and nutrient companies, to use our PerPlant intelligence to monitor their trial plots.

We have a waiting list of farmers, with 20 paying a £5,000 deposit, 17 investing £10k or more and have received more than a 100 expressions of interest. In total, we have raised more than £400k from farmers, demonstrating the readiness of this industry to embrace change.

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Small Robot Company has been given advance assurance by HMRC that the proposed share issue is likely to qualify for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief.

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